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Demonstrators in Jakarta march on parliament in support of direct elections

Tribune News - September 25, 2014

Jakarta – Protesters from the People's Movement for Direct Elections (Gerpala) held a long-march from the TVRI building in Central Jakarta to the House of Representatives (DPR) building on Thursday September 25.

The action by the Gerpala protesters disrupted the flow to traffic. Upon arriving at the DPR building, they could be seen removing all of the banners supporting the election of regional heads by Regional Legislative Councils (DPRD) [instead of directly] that had been put up along the toll road fence and in front of the DPR.

After removing the banners, the demonstrators set fire to them. Another group of demonstrators could be seen sticking up banners and the flags of the organisations that joined the action.

A short interval later police officers arrived and put out the fires before they became too large. "We reject the election of regional heads by the DPRD. Sovereignty should be in our hands, all of the people", said one of the speakers from atop the command vehicle.

[Translated by James Balowski for the Indoleft News Service.]

Source: https://id.berita.yahoo.com/massa-gerpala-bakar-spanduk-pro-pilkada-lewat-dprd-073603463.html.

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